Gilbert Arenas, the former Washington Wizards star who is now playing 14 minutes a night with the Memphis Grizzlies, is not the prankster he used to be. In a lengthy interview with USA Today, it sounds like Arenas has been humbled.
There were other incidents with Arenas, too. According to him, Blatche once threw his clothes in a Jacuzzi, accusing Arenas of cutting up his suit. Arenas denied the suit-cutting because he wasn’t in the building and insists it was another Wizards teammate. But Arenas was OK with playing that game. He got payback with Blatche’s shoes.
“It was just dog doo-doo in it. It was really dog doo-doo. … I took his sole out, threw it under there, put the sole back on and threw the baby powder on there so he couldn’t smell it,” Arenas said.
In just a few years, Arenas – he’s only 30 – went from being an 8-figure baller among the league’s leaders in scoring to a guy making $300k and getting 3rd string minutes. It all dates back to that fateful fight and a card game gone awry. Arenas told USA Today he wasn’t even involved in the card game.
Then-Wizards center JaVale McGee had beaten Crittenton out of $1,100 in a card game. Wizards guard Earl Boykins loaned McGee $200. McGee didn’t immediately pay back Boykins as he won the money and an argument blossomed. Arenas says he wasn’t involved in the actual bet.
” ‘Pay the man his (expletive) money. You’ve got all my money,’ ” Arenas says Crittenton shouted at McGee. “So I jumped in, ‘Why you talking to your teammates like this? We family.’
“That’s when (Crittenton) started coming at me, ‘(Expletive, racial slur), just because you got all money, this and this and this.’ That’s when we started going back and forth. I didn’t owe him anything. It was over a $1,100 pot he just lost.”
I’m shocked that JaVale McGee was involved in some shenanigans. [USA Today]
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